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(READ): Could Afghanistan Become Obama’s Vietnam? …

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vietnamSource:  NYTimes.com

WASHINGTON — President Obama had not even taken office before supporters were etching his likeness onto Mount Rushmore as another Abraham Lincoln or the second coming of Franklin D. Roosevelt.

Yet what if they got the wrong predecessor? What if Mr. Obama is fated to be another Lyndon B. Johnson instead?

To be sure, such historical analogies are overly simplistic and fatally flawed, if only because each presidency is distinct in its own way. But the L.B.J. model — a president who aspired to reshape America at home while fighting a losing war abroad — is one that haunts Mr. Obama’s White House as it seeks to salvage Afghanistan while enacting an expansive domestic program.

In this summer of discontent for Mr. Obama, as the heady early days give way to the grinding battle for elusive goals, he looks ahead to an uncertain future not only for his legislative agenda but for what has indisputably become his war. Last week’s elections in Afghanistan played out at the same time as the debate over health care heated up in Washington, producing one of those split-screen moments that could not help but remind some of Mr. Johnson’s struggles to build a Great Society while fighting in Vietnam.

“The analogy of Lyndon Johnson suggests itself very profoundly,” said David M. Kennedy, the Stanford University historian. Mr. Obama, he said, must avoid letting Afghanistan shadow his presidency as Vietnam did Mr. Johnson’s. “He needs to worry about the outcome of that intervention and policy and how it could spill over into everything else he wants to accomplish.”

By several accounts, that risk weighs on Mr. Obama these days. Mr. Kennedy was among a group of historians who had dinner with Mr. Obama at the White House earlier this summer where the president expressed concern that Afghanistan could yet hijack his presidency. Although Mr. Kennedy said he could not discuss the off-the-record conversation, others in the room said Mr. Obama acknowledged the L.B.J. risk.

“He said he has a problem,” said one person who attended that dinner at the end of June, insisting on anonymity to share private discussions. “This is not just something he can turn his back on and walk away from. But it’s an issue he understands could be a danger to his administration.”

Another person there was Robert Caro, the L.B.J. biographer who was struck that Mr. Johnson made some of his most fateful decisions about Vietnam in the same dining room. “All I could think of when I was sitting there and this subject came up was the setting,” he said. “You had such an awareness of how things can go wrong.” Read More

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Written by dnnnewshound

August 22, 2009 at 9:36 pm

Posted in Blogs, Bush, Obama, President, WAR

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(SHOCKING) READ: 9-year-old boy booked for rape

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indiaSource: The Huffington Post, The Times of India:

INDORA(Kangra): In a shocking incident, a nine-year-old boy earned the dubious tag of being the country’s youngest rape suspect after he was booked

 

for the alleged rape of a six-year-old girl after subjecting her to violent assault.

Charged under section 376 (rape) of IPC, the accused was granted bail by a juvenile court after spending a night in a police lockup.

And in what is getting to be a disturbing trend, the violation was reported days after three 10-year-olds in a Haryana school were booked for molesting a four-year-old girl studying in the same school.

Children of daily wagers from Jalora Mohalla near here, the two minors were home alone when the disturbing act apparently played out. They’ve known each other for years and used to play together. On Sunday, too, they were playing at the girl’s residence while their parents were out for work. The boy apparently dragged the girl inside the bathroom and restrained her there. When she fought back, he allegedly beat her up before assaulting her, Indora police station (Himachal Pradesh) SHO Ramesh Rana said on Tuesday.
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August 19, 2009 at 8:03 am

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READ: New Rule; Afghanistan passes ‘barbaric’ law diminishing women’s rights…

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blindjusticeSource: Guardian.co.uk

Rehashed legislation allows husbands to deny wives food if they fail to obey sexual demands

Afghanistan has quietly passed a law permitting Shia men to deny their wives food and sustenance if they refuse to obey their husbands’ sexual demands, despite international outrage over an earlier version of the legislation which President Hamid Karzai had promised to review.

The new final draft of the legislation also grants guardianship of children exclusively to their fathers and grandfathers, and requires women to get permission from their husbands to work.

“It also effectively allows a rapist to avoid prosecution by paying ‘blood money’ to a girl who was injured when he raped her,” the US charity Human Rights Watch said.

In early April, Barack Obama and Gordon Brown joined an international chorus of condemnation when the Guardian revealed that the earlier version of the law legalised rape within marriage, according to the UN.

Although Karzai appeared to back down, activists say the revised version of the law still contains repressive measures and contradicts the Afghan constitution and international treaties signed by the country.

Islamic law experts and human rights activists say that although the language of the original law has been changed, many of the provisions that alarmed women’s rights groups remain, including this one: “Tamkeen is the readiness of the wife to submit to her husband’s reasonable sexual enjoyment, and her prohibition from going out of the house, except in extreme circumstances, without her husband’s permission. If any of the above provisions are not followed by the wife she is considered disobedient.” Read More

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August 14, 2009 at 2:25 pm